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What You Should Know Before YOU Become A Landlord…

What You Should Know Before YOU Become A Landlord…

20 Oct 2014 / Buying & Investing in BTLs / 39 Comments

“I want in”, he says, with a smile stretching from ear-to-ear, so smug that I almost want throw my pot of yogurt over his face. You know, just because. A friend of mine has managed to stack together a little too much cash under his withered mattress- and now he wants to taste the sweet […]

If Your Tenant Wants To Leave Early…

If Your Tenant Wants To Leave Early…

01 Oct 2014 / Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies / 38 Comments

Unbelievably common situation. What should you do? Nothing, let it happen. Roll with it. Hell, offer to help them pack if you’re the jovial Christian type. Just don’t sweat it. Remember the good times, poor some liquor. Legally, tenants are obligated to remain your tenants and liable for the full rent up until the end-date […]

Redecorating & Finding New Tenants In-Between Tenancies

Redecorating & Finding New Tenants In-Between Tenancies

15 Sep 2014 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 25 Comments

The last two weeks have been hell. Literally, a complete bollock-ache. But it usually always is during the period in-between tenancies, when landlords have to prepare a new and presentable case to entice the incoming replacements. The circle of life. I’d say dealing with rogue tenants is the most stressful aspect of being a landlord, […]

What Is ‘Fair Wear and Tear’?

What Is ‘Fair Wear and Tear’?

25 Aug 2014 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 30 Comments

Earlier today I met my tenant for a final inspection before he handed back his keys and started a new chapter in his life without the best landlord in the world. I’m not sure how well he’ll cope, but nonetheless, good luck to him. He’ll need it. I was so utterly delightful to him. Despite […]

Landlord Building Insurance Renewals

Landlord Building Insurance Renewals

11 Aug 2014 / Finances, Taxes & Saving Costs / 13 Comments

Couple of weeks ago I received 2 fat A4 letters from Halifax’s Home Insurance division. The contents of the packages was no mystery, I knew my landlord building insurance policies for 2 of my rentals were shortly due for renewal, so they just wanted to reseal the deal. Clearly, there’s nothing exciting about what they […]

My Tenant/Lodger Paid Her Deposit But Didn’t Move in

My Tenant/Lodger Paid Her Deposit But Didn’t Move in

30 Jul 2014 / Marketing & Finding Tenants / 23 Comments

Bit of an odd one. It’s personally never happened to me, but I imagine it’s far short of being unbelievably uncommon. This morning (Tuesday), just like most others, I was going through my early morning ritual of being totally unorganised, obscenely late and ill-prepared for my day. But Tuesday is always a little bit different, […]

Best Ways For Landlords To Cut Costs & Save Money

Best Ways For Landlords To Cut Costs & Save Money

14 Jul 2014 / Finances, Taxes & Saving Costs / 15 Comments

Becoming a landlord isn’t particularly difficult. Any idiot with a semi-functioning brain and a bit of capital can jump onto this bandwagon- and they generally do. I stand before you as living proof. Not proud, just saying. However, being a “good” landlord isn’t so straight forward. There’s an unenjoyable learning curve to climb and many […]

My Landlord Evicted Me Because I Asked For Repairs, Is That Legal?

My Landlord Evicted Me Because I Asked For Repairs, Is That Legal?

23 Jun 2014 / Tenant Advice / 35 Comments

For those that came here for the quick answer and can’t stomach enduring my meandering dribble, it’s “NO”, now get out of ‘ere. But for those that do… I’ve been emailed the question a couple of times in the last month or so, by tenants that claim their landlords are evicting them because they complained […]

How To Find DSS/DWP Tenants

How To Find DSS/DWP Tenants

11 Jun 2014 / DWP / DSS Tenants / 22 Comments

It takes a lot to throw this morbid and delusional mind off course, but on the rare occasion it happens, it’s a beautiful thing. Last week, I received an email from a new landlord that posed a question that left me slightly mystified and strangely curious. I had to perform a double-take just to ensure […]

My Tenant’s Rent Is Late, What Should I Do?

My Tenant’s Rent Is Late, What Should I Do?

28 May 2014 / Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies / 22 Comments

If you ever happen to capture the grey mood of a hunched over landlord; strolling around aimlessly and depleted of life, like his world has fallen apart- the law of averages says he’s dealing with a tenant in arrears. Because, sadly, we don’t really care or get saddened by much else, and the only other […]

Landlord Licensing Scheme- What, Where, When?

Landlord Licensing Scheme- What, Where, When?

12 May 2014 / Landlord Legal Issues / 29 Comments

There was a time when ONLY landlords of House of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) required a license to let their property, while the rest of us were spared. But that was back when we were living blissfully in ignorance. Alas, since then some very rich and powerful people sat down with some super smart statistical analysts […]

It’s The Estate Agents Job To Sell You An Impractical Piece Of Crap

It’s The Estate Agents Job To Sell You An Impractical Piece Of Crap

05 May 2014 / Buying & Investing in BTLs / 10 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I almost elevated my landlord status to the next level and became an even bigger ‘landlord wanker’ by scooping up my first commercial property. The Lord knows there’s nothing worse than an arsehole landlord with ambition in the middle of an economic meltdown. There’s people out there increasingly feeling the […]

Ultimate Guide For New Landlords

Ultimate Guide For New Landlords

22 Apr 2014 / Landlords Tips / 26 Comments

If you’re an experienced landlord you’ll probably want to skip this post altogether. Close the door behind you, leave me alone with the frightened, young and naive, I’ve got this under control. I still clearly remember when I was first flirting with the idea of buying my first buy-to-let property and becoming a landlord. Not […]

Here’s How NOT To Tell Your Tenants To Be Cleaner

Here’s How NOT To Tell Your Tenants To Be Cleaner

08 Apr 2014 / Managing Your Rental Property / 15 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a chap that kindly forwarded me an email that his friend received from her disgruntled (and most likely psychotic) live-in landlord. I was meaning to throw it up on my blog sooner, but procrastination is a bitch, and as glamorous as strapping myself down to […]

Do You REALLY Need To Increase Your Tenant’s Rent?

Do You REALLY Need To Increase Your Tenant’s Rent?

13 Mar 2014 / Finances, Taxes & Saving Costs / 31 Comments

Besides from swimming in pools of money and knocking-back shots of Hennessy out of strippers navels, there are a few other key tasks every landlord should be doing on a regular basis, which includes: Making routine Landlord inspections to ensure the tenants aren’t filthy bastards, and are able to refrain from exploding their arses all […]

You Should Hear What My Landlord Says…

You Should Hear What My Landlord Says…

24 Feb 2014 / Tenant Advice / 13 Comments

Earlier today I was having what can only be described as a tragically mundane conversation with a female buddy of mine via Whatsapp; nothing inappropriate was being said, nor did she have the decency to transfer any of her home-made erotica. It was almost pointless and a total waste of my precious time. But then, […]

Visum Review- Online Letting Agent

Visum Review- Online Letting Agent

23 Feb 2014 / Marketing & Finding Tenants / 0 Comments

I guess you’re here because you want to know more about Visum, but specifically, whether they’re above board or one of the many cowboys parading around as a legitimate operation. Visum is one of about a thousand Online Letting Agents out there. Over the years, online agents have been emerging thick and fast, like hairs […]

Tenants And The Loose Tap Syndrome

Tenants And The Loose Tap Syndrome

10 Feb 2014 / Tenant Advice / 28 Comments

Sigh. “The loose tap syndrome” is the name I’ve given to the repugnant illness commonly contracted by tenants; primary symptom being the uncontrollable necessity of reporting every bullshit minuscule maintenance issue that a mentally impaired chimp is capable of resolving, let alone a fully grown human idiot. However, instead of being useful and fixing the […]

Should New Landlords Use A Letting Agent?

Should New Landlords Use A Letting Agent?

15 Jan 2014 / Tips For Using Letting Agents / 30 Comments

Bit late, but happy New Year everyone! I hope you all got shit-faced and participated in at least one stupid activity that you’ll regret for the rest of your life. I know I did, and that’s why I’m probably dripping with gonorrhea right now. All over my keyboard and shit. Anyways… A few days ago […]

Q&A With The Landlord, ‘i need to find a land load that aceps dss’

Q&A With The Landlord, ‘i need to find a land load that aceps dss’

17 Dec 2013 / Complaints & Rants / 14 Comments

Three of the biggest drags about running this landlord blog: 1) I’m still doing it without being an award winning blogger (how I’ve managed to continue without recognition is beyond me) 2) Contrary to popular belief, blogging still ain’t getting me laid 3) Getting buried with high volumes of ridiculous emails But let’s focus on […]

The Worst Kind Of Landlord

The Worst Kind Of Landlord

21 Nov 2013 / Complaints & Rants / 10 Comments

Whether it be due to ignorance or intention, most landlords are generally arseholes (not you or I though), first class honour dip-shits. They drag their heals when repairs are required, they’re oblivious to their legal responsibilities and obligations as a landlord, and even though they’re drowning in mortgage debt and/or negative equity, they still have […]

Decorating/Renovation Tips For Buy-To-Let Properties & Landlords

Decorating/Renovation Tips For Buy-To-Let Properties & Landlords

25 Oct 2013 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 20 Comments

Tenants don’t give a shit about your property. Learn it, live it, love it. If you remember that pillar of wisdom, especially when decorating/renovating, and allow it to influence your landlording decisions, you’re going to be OK. Alternatively, you’ll be blowing your cash hard and fast, and the stress will transform you into a walking, […]

Landlords’ Legal Requirements Checklist

Landlords’ Legal Requirements Checklist

08 Oct 2013 / Landlord Forms & Documents / 0 Comments

As a landlord there are a number of legal requirements you must abide by BEFORE letting your property. Failing to do so could not only lead to prosecution, but more importantly, put your tenants in danger. You seriously do NOT want that burden on your shoulders. I’ve compiled a list of regulations below which all […]

Saving Is Pointless Right Now, So I’m Reducing My Mortgage

Saving Is Pointless Right Now, So I’m Reducing My Mortgage

16 Sep 2013 / Landlords Tips / 14 Comments

Usually around this time of year, as the summer begins to wind down and I’m putting my Speedos away in storage, I start receiving letters from various banks informing me that it’s time for me to bend over and get shafted by their biggest and their best. It’s their loving way of telling me I’m […]

‘Finding A Tenant’ Guide For Landlords- How To Find Tenants

‘Finding A Tenant’ Guide For Landlords- How To Find Tenants

09 Sep 2013 / Marketing & Finding Tenants / 2 Comments

Are you struggling to find a tenant or simply looking for the most efficient methods of finding a tenant? Then this might be the article for you. If you’re reading this guide, it probably means you’re trying to find tenants without the help of a traditional high-street letting agent. Wise decision, and you’ve come to […]

The Lessons You Never Forget As A Landlord / Person

The Lessons You Never Forget As A Landlord / Person

12 Aug 2013 / Complaints & Rants / 38 Comments

It’s been a while, just over a month; I don’t think I’ve ever gone so long without blogging, and to be honest, I’m forcing these words out of myself right now just to end the drought. I’m not entirely sure how this post will pan out, but for the most part I know it’s going […]

Landlord Rent Book: Keeping Track Of Tenants Rent

31 Jul 2013 / Landlord Forms & Documents / 0 Comments

Do you currently keep a track of the rent you receive from your tenants? I never used to, I used to rely on my bank statements. Not the best or most organised solution, because I literally have dozens and dozens of other transactions going through the same account, so everything can look a bit… blurry. […]

I Don’t Care How You Do It, Just Get Your Vacant Property On Rightmove

I Don’t Care How You Do It, Just Get Your Vacant Property On Rightmove

11 Jul 2013 / Marketing & Finding Tenants / 14 Comments

A few days ago I had some letting agent shister shamelessly promote his own company under a fake alias on my blog by masquerading as a satisfied customer. That kind of embarrassing marketing tactic isn’t unheard of. In fact, it’s quite common, especially among estate/letting agents, so he shouldn’t feel alone, only suicidal. He left […]

If I Could Offer Only One Landlord Tip

If I Could Offer Only One Landlord Tip

29 May 2013 / Managing Your Rental Property / 15 Comments

Last week I was liaising with someone that is in the midst of the beautiful process of purchasing their first Buy-To-Let property. Whilst discussing his acquisition, I was asked, what would be my ONE golden tip for a new landlord. Good question, although kinda’ impractical. While I don’t believe there to be a silver bullet […]

No More Council Tax Exemption For Landlords, Probably

No More Council Tax Exemption For Landlords, Probably

17 May 2013 / Landlords Tips / 79 Comments

It’s always a tragic day when the Government conjure up a new and exciting way of squeezing extra pennies out of us pawns to help drag them out of the barrel of shit they got themselves into. But they can always rely on us landlords, we’re more than happy to help, right? While I try […]

The Ten Commandments For Tenants

The Ten Commandments For Tenants

04 May 2013 / Tenant Advice / 7 Comments

I received a tenant’s rent today, but it was delivered an excruciating 12 days late, but it was no big deal. It’s the first time it’s been delayed by this particular tenant, and he’s generally a very reasonable chap. However, he did “that thing”!! The thing which I’ve already discussed in detail and already blown […]

Sign Up To The Landlord Newsletter: Real Experiences, Tips, Advice & Discount Codes

Sign Up To The Landlord Newsletter: Real Experiences, Tips, Advice & Discount Codes

14 Apr 2013 / Complaints & Rants / 0 Comments

After much hesitation and deliberation I’ve finally got around to setting up a platform to create and deliver newsletters. I literally just spent my entire Saturday setting this shit up, and I’m hoping it will result in something particularly useful for everyone. Sacrificing a Saturday to code and design isn’t particularly fulfilling, but… actually, there […]

Landlord Insurance

Landlord Insurance

09 Apr 2013 / Managing Your Rental Property / 5 Comments

There are generally two types of insurance that is referred to when talking about ‘Landlord Insurance’. Firstly, there’s Landlord Rent Guarantee Insurance, which covers landlords from less of rent e.g. if the tenant falls into arrears, the loss of rent will be covered (or at least, some of it). Secondly, the most common and essential, […]

Early Signs Of Potentially Awful Tenants

Early Signs Of Potentially Awful Tenants

08 Apr 2013 / Marketing & Finding Tenants / 22 Comments

I don’t know if old age has made me stupid crazy, or whether it’s just the toll of having dealt with one too many total dip-shit tenants, but I seem to get increasingly rigorous and perceptive with every viewing I take with prospective tenants. As I’ve said many times in the past, the thought of […]

My Letting Agent Wanted to Screw My Tenant and Ended Up Screwing Me Over Instead

My Letting Agent Wanted to Screw My Tenant and Ended Up Screwing Me Over Instead

26 Mar 2013 / Tips For Using Letting Agents / 7 Comments

A friend of mine recently told me about one of her letting woes as a landlord; her misery had me so amused that I convinced her to quickly jot her story down so I could share it with ya’ll. My initial plan was to regurgitate the corpse of her notes, and develop it into an […]

How To Become A Landlord

How To Become A Landlord

23 Mar 2013 / Landlords Tips / 0 Comments

If you’ve somehow managed to land yourself here, the odds are you’re interested in becoming a UK residential landlord. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Before I start diving into the how-to’s and pointing you in the right direction, I want to make it clear that I’m NOT selling anything. To be honest, I’m […]

12 Of The Biggest Mistakes Landlords Make

12 Of The Biggest Mistakes Landlords Make

13 Mar 2013 / Managing Your Rental Property / 9 Comments

I’m surprised I haven’t compiled this list already. Strange, because it seems like such an obvious choice. I’m usually the first to point out misfortunes. One of the luxuries of having a website dedicated to an interest of mine, where people continually ask for advice and complain about shit, is that it allows me to […]

Where Did My Landlord Secure My Tenancy Deposit?

Where Did My Landlord Secure My Tenancy Deposit?

01 Mar 2013 / Tenant Advice / 3 Comments

If from your recollection or the abundance of paperwork you received at the beginning of your tenancy, you can’t determine whether or not your deposit was secured into a tenancy deposit scheme, it’s ALWAYS worth asking your landlord or letting agent the question, especially if they’re, rightly or wrongly so, trying to deduct some of […]

Do Landlords Need A New Gas Safety Certificate Between Tenants?

Do Landlords Need A New Gas Safety Certificate Between Tenants?

20 Feb 2013 / Landlord Legal Issues / 11 Comments

There was some confusion on my blog earlier today, over in the Gas Safety Certificate blog post. A Mrs Tara Plumbing left a comment saying that the information on the web page was incorrect- you can only imagine how my plump ego took that. The piece of information in question was where I said a […]

Once Your Tenant’s Deposit Is Secured- Prescribed Information

Once Your Tenant’s Deposit Is Secured- Prescribed Information

04 Feb 2013 / Landlord Legal Issues / 10 Comments

Securing a tenant’s deposit is a pretty run of the mill process for landlords these days. Nothing new there; seems pretty straight forward; you secure your tenant’s deposit online, perhaps simultaneously watch a little bit of porn to fill in the page-loading blanks, job done. Sadly, the golden days are only but a distant memory. […]